We had the good fortune of connecting with Judith Gigliotti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judith, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My” career” has had many different lives. Firstly, I raised 7 children( now all grown). I was a professional potter when I was in my 20’s and when I started my family my profession turned back into a hobby. My sister and I started a floorcloth business called OFF THE WALL . We ran that business out of my garage( again with kids running all around) our pick ups and drop offs and homework help was my priority.
Later on I had pottery studio with a partner. We taught and had shows ( my kids were in school while I was at the studio
During that time my sister and I started working in Uganda( we would go each year for a few weeks teaching women how to make necklaces to sell for profit. I appreciated having an identity other than” the woman with 7 kids.”
I always took pictures ( mostly of family) and then one day I decided to branch out and shoot other subjects…
one thing led to another…
By this time most of my kids were either employed or in college
so i had a lot of free time to fully pursue a career!
Now i juggle between my photography, ( pottery) and 15 grandchildren which allows me to have a full wonderful life!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am in a unique position where i don’t need to provide for my family so I have been able to pursue a career in my photography on my time frame.
Initially I began shooting graphic flowers against brilliant color backgrounds. I worked with a licensing company and my images were on cards, wrapping paper, bags etc. We were mass market merchandise and I thought my work would look great printed really big( 40×60) so i started meeting with designers and hotels and private
Of course i got rejections along with acceptances, and at that time in my life rejection was ok with me…
I also sent work to ONE KINGS LANE. They called me and we started a relatively lucrative relationship.
Since then my work has radically changed.
For some time now I have been shooting overhead water scenes, incorporating colorful umbrellas and the daily beach activities of southern Italy
I hike to many precarious places to get the shots I want , which is a fun challenge! I personally have my photos all over my house. I am also in hotels, offices, restaurants, private homes and i work closely with a major stager. I also donate my work to hospitals and clinics all over the country. Actually that is something I get great pleasure from.
I want people to be able to look at interesting pretty images , especially when their lives are in trying places.
I have an optimistic outlook and i love the people i work with and have a lot of fun!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Though I have lived in southern California for years and years I honestly don’t take advantage of all it has to offer Nor do we go out to dinner very much
my husband is a great cook so we’re home a lot with lots of family
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
my sister jane( who herself is an accomplished painter) for encouraging me to go after things and not fear rejection my family of course for their constant love and support
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